Sakima Smith

Sakima Smith, MD

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
  • Physician

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

4.9 out of 5
  • 41 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 18 Patient Comments

Insurances We Accept


About Me

I am a heart-failure transplant cardiologist, and I believe that the gift of life is truly amazing. I am particularly interested in working with patients that are critically ill and working together towards improving their quality of life.

I am a firm believer in providing individualized care to my patients. I take this approach in the clinic and when I'm designing new translational research projects.

I enjoy working at a large academic medical center such as The Ohio State University because I am able to interact with world leaders in different fields of study. I am constantly provided with opportunities to be educationally engaged.

In my free time I enjoy playing basketball, spending time with my family, traveling and attending Ohio State football games.
  • Associate program director, Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program, 2015
  • James V. Warren Fellowship Research Award, 2014
  • Robert Wood Johnson Faculty Development Grant, 2015
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation in 2014

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Organ Transplantation
  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Heart-Assist Devices
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Transplantation
  • Coronary Care Units
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hypertension

Locations Where I Practice

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
9/3/2002 - 5/18/2006


Barnes-Jewish Hospital / Washington University, St. Louis, MO

6/21/2006 - 6/22/2009


Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

7/1/2009 - 6/30/2012

Research Fellowship

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

7/1/2012 - 6/30/2013


Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Cardiovascular)

Academic Information

My Department

Internal Medicine

My Division

Cardiovascular Medicine

More About My Work


The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

41 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Explains Things Carefully
    4.9 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    5 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.8 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.9 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.9 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.9 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

    Good experience. Had a question about my meds. If I have a procedure & was answered & written into my notes.

  • Reviewed on Jun 09, 2022

    All good also, one of the best I have every been treated by!

  • Reviewed on Apr 04, 2022

    Very happy with him. Nice and kind!

  • Reviewed on Mar 17, 2022

    Dr. Smith (and his team) are always super nice and helpful. He listens, answers questions and is always available on MyChart.

  • Reviewed on Feb 23, 2022

    Dr. Smith is a kind and caring dr. with exceptional bedside manner. He listens carefully to my questions and answers them in a way I understand. I could not have found a better dr. He is unmatched and A+!

  • Reviewed on Feb 19, 2022

    Listened well and was patient because I came a long way and I know I was long winded and was asking for a second opinion

  • Reviewed on Feb 05, 2022

    Wish we had been able to see Dr. Smith and his team earlier in my heart failure history. They all impressed my wife and I.

  • Reviewed on Jan 06, 2022

    He is a great doctor, always has time & listens well. I have been seeing him a little over 6 years. Very knowledgeable of my condition.

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 10/25/2021, Dr. Smith has reported no relationships with companies or entities.